Apple’s fall product pipeline according to Ming-Chi Kuo

The scourge of Apple’s plumbers team has a new outlet and a new graphical look.

From 9to5Mac’s summary of a Kuo note published Wednesday by TF International Securities:

  • Per previous reports, three new iPhones includes an updated 5.8″ OLED model and a new 6.5″ OLED model, plus a new 6.1″ LCD model
  • Updated iPad Pro models with Face ID and no Home button with an updated 12.9″ version and a seemingly new 11″ version
  • Several Mac updates including chip upgrades for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, an iMac with “significant display-performance upgrades”, and finally the Mac mini
  • A new low-price notebook that Kuo now believes may not be called MacBook Air
  • Apple Watch updates with larger displays as previously reported, Kuo now specifies 1.57″ and 1.78″ screens with enhanced heart rate detection
  • Mass production for both AirPower and updated AirPods

My take: I have no inside information to add or subtract. I do wish we knew why Kuo left KGI for TF International. It probably wasn’t for the art direction.

UPDATE: Timing was never Kuo’s strong point. The aforementioned MacBook Pro landed not this fall, but this morning. Here’s the press release. The external GPU unit also released today managed to fly under Kuo’s radar.

See also: How reliable is Ming-Chi Kuo?


  1. Scott Davis said:
    I’m planning on a new MacBook Pro, new iPad Pro with Face ID, a new Apple Watch (my series “0” just died this week), new Air Pods, and a new 6.5” large screen OLED iPhone before the end of the year. These are all replacing existing products.

    Looks like it’s going to be an expensive fall (for me)!
    – Dr. Scott

    July 12, 2018
  2. David Emery said:
    The Verge has a piece on the new MBPs announced today:

    I’ll be needing a new laptop soon, but I’m not seeing anything compelling in the current (new model, older model) line. I’m not convinced by the keyboard, and I really want an SD card slot. I still think Macbooks have gotten anorexic in their quest for thin and light. A bag full of dongles is not a good trade-off, in my view.

    July 12, 2018
  3. Gregg Thurman said:
    I’ll be gifting myself this Christmas a new Mac Mini if the upgrade rumors are true (I really like my 30″ Cinema Display), a 101 key Magic Keyboard, an iPhone X Plus, another HomePod, and a Stainless Apple Watch (latest version). Oh, and a pair of silk underwear. Everybody else on my Christmas list is going to get cards this year : )

    Using my Mac Mini to massage several spreadsheets is the heaviest lifting I do. The iMac Pro would be nice but a waste of power not used.

    July 12, 2018
    • David Emery said:
      I have a couple of Minis, one as the internal file server/domain server/etc. and the other as the external web server. With the forthcoming demise of Apple’s OS X Server product (don’t get me started on that…), it’s not clear to me that a new Mini would actually be a good replacement. After all, if I have to roll my own server software, I don’t need to buy Apple hardware for it.

      July 13, 2018

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